A few weeks ago, patent images of what appeared to be the all-new Honda CR-V were leaked by a Chinese publication. Since the cat is somewhat out of the bag, Honda might as well drop a few teasers of their own. And that's what they did.
These are the first official images of the sixth generation CR-V. Billed as a 2023 model year, the upcoming crossover gets an evolutionary redesign and confirms what we already saw a couple of weeks ago.
Looking at the initial photos, the 2023 CR-V gets some styling cues from its smaller sibling, the HR-V. From the sleeker LED headlights and more pronounced trapezoidal grille to the sleeker front bumper and more shapely hood, Honda was quite busy redesigning the crossover. Overall, the front end looks more sophisticated and mature.
Honda also made some slight changes to the rear of the CR-V. While it still comes with the now familiar L-shaped LED taillights, the new units fitted on the next-gen model are now thinner and come with mini L-shaped motifs. Other neat additions present on the 2023 CR-V include reshaped exhausts, a tweaked tailgate, and a new tailgate spoiler.
Interior photos are not yet available at this time but we won't be surprised if it will have a cabin that's similar to the Civic. After all, the CR-V is based on the Civic's platform and architecture. That means we can expect it to come with a new touchscreen with built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as the new dials for the automatic climate control system. More importantly, we might even see the CR-V with fewer buttons for a cleaner-looking dashboard.
So far the only powertrain Honda has confirmed for the CR-V (in North America at least) is a Hybrid variant. No other details were divulged although it could be an improved version of the current hybrid system that's seeing use in the outgoing generation. Over in Southeast Asia, the CR-V might continue to come with a 1.6-liter i-DTEC turbo-diesel engine that's paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission unless Honda decides to get with the global direction to phase out diesel.
What we're hoping, however, is that Honda finally gives the ASEAN market the 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo that has been available in North America ever since the 5th generation was launched across the Pacific.
With Honda USA launching the all-new CR-V "this summer", it means we might have to wait a while before its eventual debut in the ASEAN region. Hopefully, it makes its regional arrival by the end of 2022 which could mean it might be launched in the Philippines in either Q1 or Q2 of 2023.